Let's get rid of the yellow star thistle in Modesto area

June 15, 2013 

It is good to see the economy recovering as I drive from Oakdale to Modesto to see the progress on Claribel Road and Kiernan Avenue. It means more jobs, and in the future, better traffic flows.

But one thing bothers me immensely. That is the fine crop of yellow star thistle (Centaurea solstitialis) in between the traffic lanes.

These plants are native to Europe (so am I) and are a No. 1 pest in this state. Each mature plant can produce up to 10,000 seeds and can be harmful to horses. It should be eradicated as soon as possible.

I suggest the Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner's Office be consulted before miles of roadways are contaminated.

HENDRIK J. BOMER

Oakdale

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